Canadian operations to clear the Channel ports on the left flank of the advance from the D-Day beaches towards Germany. The book covers the capture of Le Havre, Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk in operations Astronia, Wellnit and Undergo. It also recounts the story of the capture of Cap Gris Nez in September 1944.
This is a complete description of Canadian operations to clear the Scheldt Estuary, which seems to have been forgotten in the rush forward after the capture of Antwerp. It became very clear that Antwerp was of no use to the Allies as a supply port while the Germans controlled the estuary leading to the port, and the Canadians were allocated the task of clearing the Germans out. This is a very clear and effective account of the operations and looks at all aspects of the pre-assault planning as well as the attacks themselves. This report fills a gap in military history in that little is written about the error, nor of Canadian operations in the area. Complete with all appendices.
The island of Crete had a strategic significance in the eastern Mediterranean which was recognised by both sides, and in late 1940 Allied preparations for the defence of the island were supposedly well advanced. However the German advance into Greece in 1941 meant that the island was in imminent danger. These papers from the British National Archives relate the history of the defenders and the attackers in detail, including the German preparations for the airborne landings. The whole campaign is covered in great detail, and the role of the Australian, New Zealand and Greek troops is well covered. This is the ultimate history of the campaign for Crete and is needed in any library which covers the war in the Mediterranean and airborne operations by the Germans. Of singular value and importance to all military historians.
German reaction to D-Day and subsequent operations. This is a complete record of all German reactions and operations on and after D-Day compiled from original German records and War Diaries. Contains a wealth of information on how the Germans reacted on D-Day and afterwards, with input from all personalities involved including Hitler and his most senior commanders. 174 A4 pages.
An account of the US First Armoured Division in North Africa and a discussion of the reasons for the defeat at the Kasserine Pass - the division failed because doctrine and equipment were not developed enough to ensure victory against the far more experienced German forces. Well worth the read. Illustrated.
The raid on Dieppe was carried out by Commandos and Canadian and other troops. This is the Canadian story, and of the main assault on the town. The publication covers the preparations for the attack and the day itself in detail. It also covers personal experiences on that day and there are some German papers included (in translation) including defences in the area and German reactions to the raid.
This report covers the Operation Supercharge part of the Battle of El Alamein - from the night of 2/3 November 1942 to the next day. In this battle the Eighth Army took on the German-Italian forces in North Africa, and eventually beat them. Every aspect of the operation is covered, with detailed descriptions of the tasks of the Eighth Army elements and the actual operations in this exttremely crucial battle. The narrative covers the battle at all levels - from Army to Regiment in many cases, and also highlights the invaluable contribution of the Commonwealth troops whose presence in the North African campaign was so necessary and so significant.
This is an account of engineering operations during the campaign in Italy from the British point of view and covers all the main (and some subsidiary) RE tasks from the landings in southern Italy to the Sangro and the Po. There is a wealth of interesting material describing the range of tasks facing engineers in the field, and it makes a very good read.
Major Christies thesis is important for two reasons: it covers mobile warfare as practised by the Italian Army in 1940 and it contains complete orders of battle for the 10th Army during the period under discussion. Valuably it also includes British OrBats in the same period and much more valuable information. Highly recommended as an important contribution to the study of armoured and mobile warfare as practised by the Italians and the British reaction.
This is the outline plan for the Allied landing at Anzio in January 1944. The aim was to establish a bridgehead with a flanking movement by sea, to relieve troops to the south on the mainland of Italy who were bogged down in their advance towaords Rome. The result was five months of fierce fighting and little to show for the effort until May 1944. This document also includes a wealth of material on the preparations for the landing, including beach surveys by Special Boat Section (as it then was) and there is a detailed and full order of battle of all the units and troops planned for the operation. With beach diagrams and plans and many tables.
This publication by the Canadian Army looks at German defensive operations within the operating area of 1 Canadian Army from 23 August to 8 November 1944. It covers the rearguard action south of Rouen, the withdrawal of the German 15th Army after the fall of Antwerp and operations in the Scheldt Estuary, cleared of German forces by the Canadians. It also includes a listing of German Headquarters.
This pamphlet was originally written by German field and staff officers who had experienced the style of warfare in Russia between 1941- and 1945. As the war progressed, Russian attacks and breakthroughs became more common - and the Germans worked out the means of countering these penetrations of their defences. The pamphlet covers active and passive defence and withdrawals, and13 looks at the combination of defence tactics needed to stop the Russians breaking through the German front lines. Illustrated with 13 maps of actual battles.
This short but important pamphlet covers infromation from German sources on the German situation and operations in France and Belgium from the Falaise disaster to the eve of the Battle for the Bulge - from 20 August to 16 December 1944. It includes a listing of German HQs and formations and orders of battle at relevant dates. This is the second part of our reprints which will cover the German source material from D-Day to the end of the war.
The German offensive in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944 came as a shock to the Allies, and was backed up with some special operations troops dressed as Allied soldiers, aiming to disrupt the defenders efforts. This is an account of two of these operations - “Greif” and “Stoesser.” The first was as mentioned a covert disruptive operation, the second the last German airborne operation of the war. The paper accounts for the failure of these operations and is a thought-provoking work especially in relation to later covert operations. With a chronology, maps and OrBats of the German forces.